Friday 6 December 2019

Video: James McClean's blatant dive was bad! Was it worse than these 10?

James McClean put in an impressive performance last night as Wigan were beaten 2-1 in the Championship playoff semi-final but his display was tarnished by a very poor first half dive.

After his brilliant cross was turned in by James Perch, McClean had a chance to double the Latics advantage later in the first half when he latched onto Gary O'Neill's under-hit back pass but after knocking it past Rob Green he hit the ground with zero contact made.

Mark Clattenburg immediately produced a yellow card for simulation. McClean would hit the post in the second half before QPR equalised in normal time and Charlie Austin struck the winner in extra-time .

Watch the Republic of Ireland international's ridiculous dive below:

Here are 10 of the worst dives ever:

1. Arturo Vidal

Arturo Vidal had an evening to forget in Madrid last October, his biggest contribution to the game arguably one of the worst dives of all time.

Juventus' poor European campaign continued with a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Real Madrid, but it was their Chilean midfielder who stole the headlines with a ludicrous penalty appeal in the second half of the game.

Vidal who was attempting to square a pass across the area as he approached the byline, completely missed the ball and got his boot stuck in the pitch.

However instead of simply looking foolish as the ball trickled out of play, the 26-year-old made matters far worse by launching himself into the air and appealing for a penalty as he flopped to the turf.

Unfortunately for Vidal there wasn't a Madrid defender within two feet of him so all he succeeded in earning was the scorn of the footballing world for such a blatant and poorly executed dive.

In the end, two Cristiano Ronaldo goals proved to be Juventus' undoing.

2. Simaika Mikaele

Have you ever heard two Samoan villages laughing in unison? Watch this video of one of the worst sporting dives you are likely to see and unusually it's on a rugby field.

Simaika Mikaele, falls to the floor dramatically and starts rolling around after an opposition player swings a punch but misses during a rugby sevens game between villages Vaiala and Vailele.

Both players square up but fail to land a blow the reaction of the crowd and the referee are fantastic as they just burst into laughter at just how ridiculous the dive is.

Mikaele used to play Sevens for Samoa and is known for being a teak-tough tackler but this clip does nothing for his reputation.

3. Jurgen Klinsmann

You can't have a list of the worst dives ever without including the dangerous German international.

He was the first football star who came under serious scrutiny for hitting the ground following the smallest of touches, a reputation that would spawn his famous dive celebration.

His most memorable dive is the one that led to a red card for Argentina’s Pedro Monzon in Germany’s 1-0 victory in the 1990 World Cup Final in Italy.

4. Norbert Meier and Albert Streit

One of the worst simulations of all time because it involved two dives.

Duisberg manager Norbert Meier comically clashed with Cologne’s Albert Streit in 2005 when both stood eye-to-eye before flinging themselves to the ground.

Meier was sacked two days later.

5. Bryan Carassco

Bryan Carcasso decided the old "stop hitting yourself" trick in reverse.

The then Chilean under 20 defender Bryan Carrasco grabs the arm of Ecuador’s Edson Montano and proceeds to smack himself in the face.

Incredibly, the ploy wworked, the referee was fooled and Carrasco earned a free-kick for his side.

6. Rivaldo

Rivaldo was perhaps the world's most acclaimed footballer in 2002 but didn't cover himself in glory during the World Cup against Turkey.

But he was strangely sensitive to the pain of being hit on the knee by a football.

7. Didier Drogba and Jens Lehmann

A plague on both their houses.

Two of the most hysterical players the Premier League has seen, acting at their most hysterical.

8. Morten Gamst Pedersen

It's the look over the shoulder which really marks out this disastrous effort. That and the fact that the defender wasn't within five yards.

9. Alberto Gilardino

Again, the distance between blameless defender and tumbling striker is laughably vast during AC Milan's clash with Celtic in the Champions League.

Gilardino didn't even appeal, which says it all.

10. Andy Carroll

A former Toon idol and wearer of the No.9 journey, Carroll was returning for the first time, and eager to prove a point. And prove one he did: his £35m transfer sold him for was the sale of the century.

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